Unemployment rates in October
November 05, 2002
The number of unemployed persons (8.2 million) and the unemployment rate (5.7 percent) were essentially unchanged in October.
The jobless rate for adult women edged up to 5.2 percent in October, while the rates for the other major worker groups—adult men (5.2 percent), teenagers (14.6 percent), whites (5.1 percent), blacks (9.8 percent), and Hispanics (7.8 percent)—showed little or no change over the month.
About 1.4 million persons (not seasonally adjusted) were marginally attached to the labor force in October, little changed from a year earlier. These individuals reported that they wanted and were available for work and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed, however, because they had not actively searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rates in October on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2002/nov/wk1/art02.htm (visited November 29, 2015).
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